November 13, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Pianist Ellis Marsalis talks with Rhonda Hamilton about concerts to celebrate his 80th birthday at Jazz At Lincoln Center. Marsalis, who turns 80 Nov. 14, performs Nov. 13 through 16th at at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola with Derek Douget on saxophone, Jason Stewart on bass and Herlin Riley, drums. Happy Birthday, Ellis!
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November 13, 2014. Posted by WBGO.Henry Threadgill conducts the Society Situation Dance Band at the Very Very Threadgill festival. (Image Credit: Shahar Azran/Courtesy of Harlem Stage)
Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.
The saxophonist, flutist and composer turned 70 this year. To celebrate, Harlem Stage presented a special two-day concert through the lens of his various groundbreaking ensembles, curated by pianist Jason Moran. Threadgill watched from the audience as dozens of musicians from all throughout his trajectory gathered in Harlem Stage's unique uptown venue to present a rare retrospective of his work.
Special thanks to Harlem Stage. Funding for the production of Very Very Threadgill was made possible by the generous support provided by the Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg Family Foundation, Roland Augustine and Lawrence Luhring, Lonti Ebers and Bruce Flatt, Deborah and Ronald Eisenberg Family Foundation, Susan and Leonard Feinstein Foundation, Connie and Jack Tilton, and Monica and David Zwirner.Read more
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